To definitely have an answer to the questions “Am I pregnant” you might not be able to rely on pregnancy symptoms commonly associated with pregnancy as sometimes these could indicate something else. It is especially more difficult to be 100% sure of being pregnant with the first few weeks following conception.
Most women would likely take a home pregnancy test (HPT) to confirm their suspicions. How does a pregnancy test work? Simple: your brain begins to produce a hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) which will find its way into the urine. The urine strip you find in your home pregnancy test contains a chemical which is very sensitive to the presence of this hormone and will change colour if it detects HCG in urine.
Fertility Drugs and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
If you are undergoing fertility treatment in an attempt to get pregnant, you might want to note the possibility of false positive results with a home pregnancy test. This is because many fertility drugs often contain the hormone HCG. You can however, have your mind at rest the normal medications; antibiotics and even the contraceptive pill do not contain the hormone. Once you have established you are in fact pregnant you might want to begin seeking the right prenatal care and thinking of antenatal care options.
Some common Symptoms of Pregnancy
Missing a Period
Remember that missing a period does not necessarily indicate you are pregnant. Cesation of the menstrual cycle or amenorrhea can be caused by extreme change in diets and is in fact found in people with eating disorders. Stress can also cause missed periods. It is also possible for a pregnant woman to get her period throughout her pregnancy (although this is extremely rare) and there have been documented cases of women going through 9 months of pregnancy having no idea they are pregnancy until they go into labour.
Morning sickness is probably the most common symptom of pregnancy and the most widely associated with pregnancy. However, it is actually not as common as you may think. A pregnancy woman stands just a 50% chance of experiencing this rather uncomfortable symptom. To be noted that nausea is a symptom of some many illnesses that it is difficult to pin point which condition or illness may be causing it. Also, morning sickness is most common in the morning but can happen at any part of the day. That queasy sensation can be caused by a number of other things including stress and food poisoning.
Fatigue and extreme Tiredness
This is another symptom commonly attributed to pregnancy- feeling tired and constantly lethargic. However, fatigue and tiredness can be attributed to hundreds of other conditions and most of them ordinary situations/ conditions/ illnesses everyone suffers from. Stress and anxiety are the most common culprits for fatigue and tiredness. It is common for pregnancy women to feel tired in the first few weeks but this feeling usually eases off in the second trimester. Remember to look out for a combination of pregnancy symptoms and not rely on just a single one. Moreover, to answer the question Am I pregnant? With certainty you will need to go beyond the symptoms and take a pregnancy test.